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Annual vigil held remembering child murder victims

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A vigil was held Tuesday night for family members whose children have fallen victim to murder. The family members gather every September 25 for a day of remembrance with a message to end black on black crime in Toledo and against each other.

"2005 my only son, only child was murdered," said father Les Robinson.

Seven years later, Robinson said there is not a day that goes by where he does not think about his son Dionious. The group Parents of Murdered Children has helped Robinson learn to live with a new norm.

"There's not a day that goes by, that I don't think of my son but a day like today, it just seems to be that much more difficult when you look out at and you realize, it's not just you," said Robinson.

Parents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews gathered to remember their loved ones during the national day of remembrance. This year's vigil came with a special message.

"Look at the crime, look at what's going on around here and when you do, the stats on it you realize that 90% of violent crimes that are being committed right now, are black on black," said Robinson.

Robinson believes it is up to the community members to make the difference, getting out and meeting your neighbors, spreading the word on organizations like "Maturing Young Men."

"There are younger men, black males and just males in general that are actually out there trying to do good. And it's just bringing us up and just showing that women and men and young people can co-exist with older people, you know," said Major Smith III with Maturing Young men,

"The message has got to get out there, we as community people have to say, you know, enough's enough, it's got to stop," said Robinson.

Key note speaker for Tuesday's vigil Art, McKoy came from Cleveland to help deliver the message. McKoy was a member of a group called, "Black on Black Crime Inc."  

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